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Philip Behrens - Bloomfield IA
1/12/1948 - 1/2/2012

Philip Paul Behrens, 63, of Bloomfield, IA, died January 2, 2012, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born January 12, 1948, in Julesburg, CO, to Theodore and Mildred Marie (Sieck) Schoenbeck. Phil was baptized on February 1st, 1948, by Reverend Arthur Wegener. Following the tragic death of his father on June 30th, 1953, Phil moved with his mother and sister Maxine to Seward, NE, and the home of his maternal grandparents. He attended St. John Lutheran School in Seward from kindergarten through 3rd grade. Upon the remarriage of his mother to Roy Behrens in 1957, the family moved to Lincoln. This family unit was solidified when adoption proceedings for Phil and Maxine were finalized the following year. Phil attended St. John Lutheran School in Lincoln from 4th grade through 8th grade. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1966. It was the rural setting and influences where Phil grew up that were to shape his interest and future in agriculture. He attended K-State from 1966 to 1970, graduating with a BS in Animal Science. While at K-State, he was a member of the livestock and meats judging teams, traveling cross-country to national judging competitions. Phil served in the Kansas National Guard for two years, graduating from Officer Candidate School. Phil married Kris (Kennedy) Bourne on July 23rd, 1976. History repeated itself when Phil adopted 3-year old Travis as a Behrens. They welcomed daughter Amy on January 31st, 1978. He later married Deb (Gasper) Alquist February 9, 1991, in Topeka. He worked for SuperSweet Feeds and, later, for Troy Elevator in Davis County, IA. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ottumwa, IA, the Davis County Pork Producers, and was a judge at the Davis County Fair for many years. As a graduate of K-State, he was an avid fan of K-State football, as well as other sports. He also enjoyed playing golf. He is survived by his wife, Deb of Bloomfield, IA; three sons, Travis (Cherie) Behrens of Orlando, FL, Derek Alquist and Mark Alquist both of Denver, CO; two daughters, Amy (Nathan) Baker of St. Cloud, FL, Emerald Alquist of Salt Lake City, UT; three grandchildren (soon to be 4); his parents; and a sister, Maxine (Delmer) Ganske of Manhattan, KS. Funeral services, with military rites, will be performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion in Bloomfield at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Bill Poland officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, May 21, 2012, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Lincoln, KS.

Memorials may be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church.

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